Everyday Granola

by Natalie on January 6, 2015

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Happy 2015!

Alright, I’m going to make it official. I’ve got a little bun in the oven over here! Baby is due at the end of June. This will be my second, along with my daughter who is 2.

Now that I’m in the second trimester, things are on the up and up. The first trimester was difficult for me because of the typical nausea that goes along with pregnancy. I even tried all of my tips and tools, but that darn nausea just wouldn’t go away. It’s strange when your profession revolves around food, and it’s the absolute last thing you want to think about….

Now that my appetite is coming back, I’ve had all sorts of cravings. Last night, I couldn’t stop thinking about granola, so I decided to whip some up.

I don’t care much for fancy or overly sweet granola. I like a good ole basic recipe. And that’s exactly what this is. It’s just barely sweet and lightly crisp – perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I like to pair my granola with almond milk or unsweetened yogurt.

Every Day Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 – 5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups dried fruit (add after cooking. I used blueberries)

How-To

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil, honey, and vanilla over medium-low heat. When the oil is melted, take off heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, shredded coconut, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour oil/honey mixture over the oat mixture and give it all a big stir. Dump un-cooked granola on to a jelly-roll pan (cookie sheet with edges), making sure it’s in an even layer. Place into warm oven.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Stir halfway through cooking.
  6. Cool completely on baking sheet. Granola will crisp upon cooling.
  7. Stir in dried fruit. Cranberries work great too! Store in an air-tight container in your pantry or countertop.

Do you like granola? What’s your favorite thing to eat it with? Leave a comment below.

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Toni January 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

What is the nutrition break down of this recipe? calories, fat grams, carbs etc.

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